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'''Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell''', (''née'' '''Stevenson''', 29 September 1810 – 12 November 1865), often referred to as '''Mrs Gaskell''', was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social history|social historians as well as lovers of literature. Her first novel, ''Mary Barton'', was published in 1848. Gaskell's ''The Life of Charlotte Brontë'', published in 1857, was the first biography about Brontë. Some of Gaskell's best known novels are ''Cranford (novel)|Cranford'' (1851–53), ''North and South (Gaskell novel)|North and South'' (1854-55), and ''Wives and Daughters'' (1865).
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Pseudonym| birth_name = Elizabeth Stevenson
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Birth placeChelsea, London, England
Death date{{death date and age|1865|11|12|1810|09|29|df=yes}}
Death placeHolybourne, Hampshire, England
OccupationNovelist
NationalityEnglish
Period1848–65
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